The Hereward and The Minster Tavern in Ely have joined forces in support of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) 60th Birthday, raising £3500 for the UK’s leading charity funding research into heart and circulatory diseases and their risk factors.

The Hereward, managed by Simon Pac-Pomarnacki and The Minster Tavern, managed by Vicki Pac-Pomarnacki have the unusual connection of being managed by husband and wife. This connection has in the past seen friendly competition between the two local pubs but has now doubled their fundraising potential.

Kicking-off fundraising with events to coincide with the Euros this summer, the two pubs have since held quizzes, raffles and shaken their collection boxes to raise an amazing total of £3,500 for The British Heart Foundation.

Simon Pac-Pomarnacki, General Manager of The Hereward, said: “There has always been friendly rivalry between The Hereward and The Minster Tavern, but working together for The British Heart Foundation has been a real team effort. We’re so proud of what we’ve been able to achieve”

Vicki Pac-Pomarnacki, General Manager of The Minster Tavern, added: “It’s been great to see pub regulars and the community of Ely come together to raise funds for a great cause.”

Since July 2021, Stonegate’s managed pub teams have raised a staggering £160,000 for the BHF. From paddle boarding down the Thames to hosting various events in their pubs, they will continue to fundraise for the rest of this year. 

When the BHF was founded in 1961, 7 out of 10 heart attacks were fatal. Now, at least 7 out of 10 people survive. Funds raised by Stonegate will go towards helping the BHF continue to pioneer medical breakthroughs which help the 7.6 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases. 

Paul Davies, Head of Corporate Partnerships at the BHF said: “We are so grateful to Simon, Vicki and their teams at The Hereward and The Minster Tavern for their support around our 60th Birthday.

“Over the last 60 years, we have funded ground-breaking discoveries including the first UK heart transplant, pacemakers and genetic testing for inherited heart conditions. The funds raised by our partners will help us keeping finding cures and treatments for the 7.6 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases.”



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